At a new shop located on the main drag of Alpena, the vrrrrmm, vrrrrmm, vrrrrmm of a chainsaw pierces the air and then hums into a chunk of wood as Kay Jackson carves one of her works of art. Wood chips slice through the scent of sawdust and campfire. The log is transformed into a bear only Jackson can see as she cuts, shaves and slices.
Jackson and her husband, Roy, opened their chainsaw carving business two years ago. While she mostly creates bears of all sizes, her shop is also filled with animals such as fish, beavers, and pigs. The majority of her work is three dimensional, but she does have a few two-dimensional pieces as well.
Six days a week, you’ll find Jackson firing up a chainsaw and attacking a piece of wood until it becomes a detailed sculpture of an animal. She’s been chainsaw wood carving for about 18 years, after discovering her calling while living in Washington State. She made friends with a chainsaw carver and fell in love with the craft. Still friends today, Jackson said her carving buddy is Dan Whited, a well-known figure among their art. “He is one of the best carvers ever,” she added. “He carves with me two or three times a year.”
After living 12 years in Washington, the Jacksons moved to Branson, Missouri. The couple stayed there for 12 years as well, raising six children. Their youngest just graduated from high school, freeing them to choose another place to live.
“It’s a good move. They’re so happy to have us here,” Jackson said of the folks in Alpena. “We love it here.” The business is located in a 105-year-old building that Roy fell in love with when they drove through the town from Branson to Eureka Springs, where Jackson took part in an annual carving event. She carves outdoors on the property adjacent to the building.
The lot is filled with logs, large and small. She cuts sections off of them to get the stump height she desires. Jackson said she carves in yellow pine, red cedar, maple, black walnut, ash, sycamore, cherry, and elm. Most of her wood comes from local people. “Tree trimming guys come and sell it to me,” she said. One man, using a bulldozer, brought her large trees downed in a recent winter’s ice storm. Also on the lot is a fire pit that smoulders with the remnants of wood cut from her sculptures.
Most of her clients find Jackson because they drive by her location. A man from Fayetteville spotted her new shop while driving through Alpena and ended up bringing her two logs, large in girth, from his property for her to carve into razorback-style hogs. Passers-by stop and peruse her art - some just looking, some buying - all day long.
122 E main st,
Alpena, AR 72611
We are a husband and wife team that started making quilts in 1990 and have over 250 quilts in our shop. We are located 2 miles west of Harrison on HWY 62-65 North about a 20 drive from Branson, Mo. We carry a range of quilts made right in the shop by us. We make everything in the shop. We carry all sizes and a large variety of styles and our prices to meet all budgets!
If you do not find what you are looking for on our website, stop by our shop or give us a call. We mail out every day all over the world! We really recommend that you come in to the store and browse through our quilts in all sizes, fat quarter bundles, and hundreds of other items! Our website does not begin to show the amount of wonderful products we carry. We look forward to seeing all of you at our store in Harrison, Arkansas. If you can't make it to The Heart Quilt Shop we will be happy to ship you anything to anywhere! So give us a call and have a great day.
8874 Hwy 62 West
Harrison, AR 72601
Yes, we do make our own quilts right here in our shop! We sew and quilt SIX days each and every week of the year!! Come out and watch us at work!!! We are the largest independently-owned-and-operated fabric and quilt shop in Arkansas.
10872 Hwy 392 W
Harrison, AR 72601
MICHELE GRAVES PHOTOGRAPHY
I do wedding photography, engagement portraits, bridal portraits, senior pictures, and family photos. I also specialize in newborn, infant, toddler, and children's photos.
776 CR 811 Green Forest, Arkansas 72638
(870) 480-9732 - www.michelegravesphotography.com
Welcome to Osage Clayworks, where you can find handmade pottery in a neat old building. Located in downtown Osage, Arkansas, Osage Clayworks is in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, close to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and the famous Branson, Missouri. You won't want to miss it if you are in the area.
Newt Lale has been a potter for almost 30 years. Each piece of pottery is handmade and unique with its own style. We have different designs and color themes to choose from.
Newt says: If you're in the area, be sure and stop by. If you are interested in some of our pottery but can't make it over, just contact me. If I don't have on hand what you are looking for, I can customize to fit your needs.
Our pottery is handmade and fired right here in the store. We use good quality clay to ensure that our pottery is sturdy and durable. Osage Clayworks was formerly Stamps General Store Building built in 1901.
22 CR 996
Alpena AR 72611